Saturday, December 31, 2011

Greygore Boomhowler and Co

Did these as a commission for a friend.

Goreshade the Based

Put some epic basing together for the Bastard and did a little more work on the GS.  He's getting closer . . .

Monday, December 26, 2011

Goreshade the Bastard

I'm a fan of the Bastard, what can I say?  People tell me he sucks, that he's not competitive - I don't care.  I'm amused that he constantly shows up in various storylines and screws things up for everyone.

And I LOVE his artwork

However, the model itself doesn't look like the artwork at all

So, in my everlasting quest to make OK models into great models (ok, for an everlasting quest, it sure goes on hiatus every now and then), I have attempted to make the model match the art.


Lastly, the back of the cloak - which is a bit blobby and will take a little more work to smooth out

Friday, December 23, 2011

Khador Board #2 finished

Finally completed the most ambitious board I've built to date!  As you can see, I did a lot of water effects (two different kinds - one that required mixing and the other was pourable out of the bottle), and had to build trees as well.  This one will be fun to play on for both Warmahordes and LotR

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cemetary Hill finished

Finally got around to taking pics of the finished Cemetary Hill board.  The scenery that will fill this board is found HERE

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

More Khador Boards and Scenery

A couple test pieces for Khador board #1.  The 'snow' is just drybrushed white paint, but I think it will suffice and also serve to break up the non-stop white of the board.

Here are some more pieces on the way. . .

Also, I took an ambitious step towards starting another Khador board.  This one will be a woodsy, mountainous scene.  Not all the pieces have been glued down yet.  The sections where the hardboard is exposed will be water.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The beginnings of Cemetary Hill

I was crushing through through boards and scenery this weekend and have a ton of stuff to show for it (and breathing room for the Crucible).

Here's the beginning of the next 'Cryx' board - Cemetary Hill

This board will make use of all the cemetary scenery I've been making lately

And here's a swamp for the other Cryx board.  I've never used water effects until this project, so I wanted to do a one-off to see how it turned out.  Needs some foliage. . .

Friday, December 2, 2011

Whistling Past the Cemetery

I got my hands on my buddy's Garden of Morr and was inspired to do a cemetery table.

The detail on this kit is insane!

I also took one of the old GW cemeteries and gave it some extra love.  They come basically airbrushed gray with green static grass, so I just made the earth and wood elements brown and painted up some rusty metal.

Now I've got to build a board to match the scenery!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Khador gets a coat of paint

Freshly flocked with beach sand, I applied two coats of flat, white, latex paint (left over from a home project).  I'm on the fence as to how good this approach is, as its REALLY white and maybe even a little too white for a battlefield.  But I'm goin' with it!

The rutted road was created by laying down lines of Elmer's glue and then sprinkling sand over it.  I then put a layer of brown latex paint over the dried glue and drybrushed up from there.

Here are some table-level shots so you can see the texture and contour of it more clearly.

Next up: Ruins and Craters

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Trying out the Cryx board

I've got the finishing touches going on the swamp/jungle board, so I had a couple buds over to try them out!

Here's Tony about to lay the smack down on eStryker with his gators

Next up:  Swamps and Snow

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Khador-y Board

While progress continues forward on the Cryx board, I've also started to lay down the basics of a wintery Khador board.

The concept will be a snowy, muddy, Seige of Stalingrad kind of board with a lot of shelled buildings, craters, and improvised defenses.

Here's the basic layout with the hills already glued down.

All the hills were created using a standard hot wire foam cutter at a very shallow angle for a gradual slope.  I want stuff to be able to stand on the embankments without too much trouble.  You may also note that the hills in the corners are designed to match up with their counterparts on the other side so the board can be re-configured.

I considered making some of the hills 2-tiered, but decided the board would be filled with a lot of ruins and it would just get too busy.   I've got access to a bunch GW 40K ruins, and they will dot the entire board.

Next up for this board:  A trip to the beach for some more sand!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cocked, Flocked, and Ready to Rock

I got all the dry brushing done and glued down the static grass as well.  I was going for swampy jungle, and I think I hit it pretty close to the mark!

The actual labor of applying the static grass was a huge mess.  For one thing, I did it outside with a slight breeze.  For another, I just applied Elmer's Glue and used my shaker bottle to dispense the grass.  Lots of shaking. . . .

Now I've got to get the woods and swamps ready, and we'll be done.

In the meantime, I've also started work on a Khador board, but those pics will be in the next post

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cryx board - the beginning

This is one of the custom boards I'm working on for Crucible 2012.  The end result is aiming for jungle/swamp terrain not unlike what one would find in Cryx.

I went to Lowe's and purchased two 8'x4' 3/16" hardboard sheets and had them cut into 2'x4' pieces.  I also bought two sheets of blue insulation foam and had them cut to match - turns out their saw cuts them just as well as the hardboard!

Here you can see the general layout.  The foam was cut using the standard wire foamcutter for the gentle slopes and a 'wand' foamcutter for the jagged ridges.  I then glued it to the hardboard using wood glue.

The little hill in the middle is not actually glued down, but its part of the planned layout.  Eventually, it will have its own proper hardboard base.

Here I've painted a thin layer of watered-down white glue over the whole board and then scattered beach sand over it (living at the beach has its perks!).  I then painted the whole shebang with 2 coats of cheap, brown, latex paint.

Next up, Dry-Brush like a madman

Monday, November 14, 2011

Some Cryx-y scenery

I finally broke out my Fortified Manor kit that I won last summer at the SITE LotR GT (2nd place overall <sniff>).  But since I've been painting Cryx ever since I won it, I decided to put together the kit with Cryx and the Scharde Isles in mind.

For those of you unaware, the Scharde Isles are the jungle/swamp islands that are home to the Nightmare Empire of Cryx.  With that in mind, here are the pieces:

Here's a close up of the pond, which was made out by underpainting a couple shades of green and then coated with white glue tinted green with ink.

Next comes the chapel - which I decided to leave as more of a mad scientist lab, complete with telescope and cool clock!

Monday, October 31, 2011

preDeneghra - Say Goodnight, Gloria

So the legend goes that once upon a time in the land of Cygnar, a girl child of only 5 summers was abducted by the forces of Cryx.  In time she would be shaped into the merciless killer named Deneghra, but on that night - that one last night - she was just Gloria. . .